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Sound off: My granddaughter has been threatened in school. What should I do?

“Lawrence public schools encourage anyone with a school safety concern to notify the child’s teacher, school counselor or principal. If the concern is not resolved satisfactorily at the school level, please contact the school district office at 832-5000,” said Julie Boyle, the district’s director of communications. “The Kansas School Safety Hotline enables the anonymous reporting of safety concerns: 1-877-626-8203. In the event of an emergency, call 911.”

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kernal 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't advocate contacting the parents of the alleged bully before talking with the school principal or police. That could just escalate things if the bully's home life has contributed to his or her actions.

The Lawrence school district supposedly has a bully policy in place. That policy won't work if the school is not made aware of a problem that exists between some of their students. I suggest you give the school two business days to respond, unless the threat is for bodily harm. If that's the case, contact the police and the principal before the student returns to school Monday.

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Jane 2 years, 1 month ago

Go straight to the police. Schools will try to protect themselves and their perceived status in the community. The bully and their parents needs to learn NOW that they cannot treat another person in an intimidating way. Swift justice works best.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 1 month ago

Get a conceal and carry permit

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pace 2 years, 2 months ago

it seems the school's answer confines the resolution to only the school system. Sound off should ask the police what to do if a threatening situation isn't resolved by the school system. Kids are wonderful, sometimes they need guidance and consequences. Sometimes kids harm and kill. Threats should be dealt with seriously.

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Kat Christian 2 years, 2 months ago

Are you serious to ask this question? DUH!! First, find out from your child who has threatened her and how serious is the threat. If your child is really upset about it then the next step is to "GO SEE THE Principal fo the school" Make the Principal aware they need to do their job by notifying (that day and not wait a few days) the parents of the child who made the threats. Then have those parents in with the child to discuss the consequences if it continues. If the treats continue then that child should be suspended for 3 days. Obviously, if the child continues to make threats it should be expelled from school for the rest of the year. Personally, I would find out where the kid lived or its phone number and call the parents myself - not to argue, but to inform them if it happens again I will call the police and we will deal with it in court. Otherwise if the threat is of a silly nature I taught my child how to verbally put the other kid in its place (without using obvious insults, but to give the brat something to think about (if at all they are capable of it). So far its been a useful tool for him and matters are solved instantly with any violance. The bottom line is to be pro-active and call the officials on their responsbilitiy towards the safety of their children. They talk a big talk - so we as parents have a right to see it in action and if that means urging them into action so be it. But just don't assume they will follow through - the parent is the one who has to stay on top of it. Because we are our child's advocate.

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justanotherface 2 years, 2 months ago

Is today's bullying really any more severe than what we went through as kids?! I'm not saying it isn't a problem, but kids are just really soft today. Each generation gets worse.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 2 months ago

Sychophant or sycho rant? Were you a hurdler in school? because you sure jump over a lot of stuff to get where you want to go.

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Agnostick 2 years, 2 months ago

Sycho, I'm a bit surprised by your post. While I agree with your line of reasoning, have you considered any of katanite's questions above?

If nothing else, I applaud the grandmother for asking questions, researching her options etc. before doing anything. "Crowdsourcing" is a great tool in a situation like this.

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its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

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psycho_theclown 2 years, 2 months ago

Tell her to keep a pair of KU basketball tickets in her wallet for emergencies

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katatnite 2 years, 2 months ago

@ TheSychophant She did not say she has custody of her granddaughter and if she does maybe her son or daughter died, you never know. Maybe mother and daughter live with grandmother so she does not have to live alone. Your comment was mean and cruel. Talk about bullying ! Don't let bullying continue. Call the police.

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Christine Pennewell Davis 2 years, 2 months ago

Sychophant your post is so out of line I am surprised LJW has let it stay up. To the Grandmother Goodluck getting the problem taken care of I suggest that you call the police if the school still has not done any thing to solve the problem. Seems drastic but sometimes that is what it takes.

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tanaumaga 2 years, 2 months ago

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awhatha 2 years, 2 months ago

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Bob Forer 2 years, 2 months ago

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